Higher than usual demand for COVID-19 Testing

Published: Thursday, December 30, 2021

As the Government has announced the introduction of Daily Testing for Contacts of Covid-19, there is a higher than usual demand for lateral flow test kits across the distribution network nationally and locally, and challenges facing the Home Channel postal distribution network.


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High demand for lateral flow tests

The Department of Health & Social Care (DHSC) who coordinate these supplies said:

“We are delivering record numbers of lateral flow tests to pharmacies across the country, with almost 8 million test kits being made available to pharmacies before New Year’s Eve.

"When there is an exceptionally high demand for home testing, we temporarily pause the booking portal to control the flow of tests into our laboratories and maintain maximum operational capacity.

"If you have not been able to get the test you need from gov.uk, please keep checking every few hours as more PCR and LFD tests become available every day.

"We thank the public for doing the right thing by getting tested. If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should book a PCR test”.

They added, “Those who are symptomatic should go to the NHS website or call 119 to book an appointment or order a home test kit.”

Across Wandsworth, we have handed out 1310 kits in the last week. The Council will replenish supplies within our local community collect points as soon as supplies reach us from the government channels; we anticipate deliveries of lateral flow stock between 4-7th January.

Full information regarding COVID-19 testing available within our borough can be found on our council webpage Lateral flow testing in Wandsworth

We thank you for your continued support in preventing the spread of infection.